First off, about this name. Singapore Kane is like one of those names like Saigon (the rapper) where the name or what he represents bears no actual connection to the city.
His name is actually a clever play on Singapore's judicial caning and that reflects on how he wants to be perceived lyrically. I must admit that's a very cool name. It just took me a while to get it. To me, it was just the "K" in "Kane" that just threw me off. I was thinking Citizen Kane or Kane, the WWE wrestler.
They call me Singapore Kane because lyrically I whoop ass. When it comes to lyrics, I don’t play. I was actually battling a cousin of mine and I said a line like yo you just got Singapore Kaned. Afterwards it just stuck and became my name and people were saying yo that Singapore Kane dude is nice.
It's a picture of General Nguyen Ngoc Loan shooting a Vietcong officer. What does it have to do with Singapore? Nadda. Nothing! They are two separate countries. Singapore and Vietnam aren't even next to each other!
And for the record, Singapore is actually one of the safest countries in the world. There are no ghettos or hoods in Singapore. Violent crimes are quite rare in Singapore, so I don't know what the hell is this Singapore Kane trying to say with this "welcome to Singapore" title.
I'm not just putting Singapore Kane out on blast for his mixtape cover. There might be a deeper side to this story. The reason why I'm writing about Singapore Kane's mixtape cover is because there may be a second culprit in this. And it just MIGHT be Snacky Chan out of all people.
Snacky Chan, at least back then (not sure about now), was seen as one of the more socially and politically conscious Asian American emcees. Furthermore Snacky Chan tried to represent Asians in a more positive light and fight back against negative Asian stereotypes.
And so if Snacky Chan was the guy who gave the green light for Singapore Kane's mixtape cover and if he doesn't know the difference between Vietnam and Singpore then.... I really don't know what to say.